Saturday, September 4th, 2010
"We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the power beyond what is normal may be God's and not that out of ourselves" (2 Corinthians 4:7)
You no doubt recognize that the global preaching work is being accomplished, not by human power or wisdom, but by God's spirit. (Zechariah 4:6) That is also true of the ministry of individual Christians. Consider the apostle Paul. Recalling a time when he and his missionary companions were mistreated by opposers, he wrote: "After we had first suffered and been insolently treated . . . in Philippi, we mustered up boldness by means of our God to speak to you the good news of God with a great deal of struggling." (1 Thessalonians 2:2; Acts 16:22-24) We may find it hard to imagine that a zealous preacher like Paul had times when it was a struggle for him to preach. Yet, like all of us, Paul had to lean on Jehovah in order to speak the good news with boldness. (Ephesians 6:18-20) Do we imitate Paul's example?
(Watchtower issue: 7/15/08, 2:4)